Robin Ireland Viola

Head of Chamber Music at the Birmingham Conservatoire of Music, he was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet for twenty years till it disbanded in 2005. Since then he has developed his career as a soloist, guest-led the viola sections of major UK orchestras, worked as a freelance chamber musician and become a highly respected teacher.

About

Robin Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches on the Cadenza International Summer School and on courses at Pro Corda and La Mariette in the Loire Valley. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2017 he has worked with Ensemble 360, the Elias Quartet and the Danel Quartet, and given several performances of Bach’s C major Sonata for unaccompanied violin transcribed for viola. In 2018 he will give three performances of the Walton Viola Concerto with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

Robin Ireland was a student at Cambridge University and at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He had a short spell as leader of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became a founder member of the Piano Quartet, Domus, which toured with its own portable concert hall (a geodesic dome) as well as having great success in more conventional venues.

Robin was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet between 1985 and 2005, and with the Primrose Piano Quartet from 2007 till 2015. He now performs as a soloist and freelance chamber musician. He has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players, and has in his repertoire most of the major works for viola. His orchestral experience includes working as guest principal viola with the CBSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RLPO and Opera North.

Robin is also a composer. His String Quartet was premiered and recorded by the Lindsay String Quartet in 2005, alongside three Duos for Viola with violin, cello and a second viola. His set of 12 Viola Etudes were published by Spartan Press in 2014.

Robin has recorded CDs of unaccompanied Bach transcriptions, including the Chaconne (Quartz Records), the Shostakovich Sonata for Viola and Piano (with Tim Horton, on Nimbus) and the two Brahms Sonatas for Viola and Piano alongside Schubert’s ‘Arpeggione’ Sonata, also with Tim Horton on Nimbus. He plays on an Amati viola made in the early 1600s.

Medium length biography

Robin Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches on the Cadenza International Summer School and on courses at Pro Corda and La Mariette in the Loire Valley. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2017 he has worked with Ensemble 360, the Elias Quartet and the Danel Quartet, and given several performances of Bach’s C major Sonata for unaccompanied violin transcribed for viola. In 2018 he will give three performances of the Walton Viola Concerto with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

Robin Ireland was a student at Cambridge University and at the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York. He had a short spell as leader of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became a founder member of the Piano Quartet, Domus, which toured with its own portable concert hall (a geodesic dome) as well as having great success in more conventional venues.

Robin was violist with the celebrated Lindsay String Quartet between 1985 and 2005, and with the Primrose Piano Quartet from 2007 till 2015. He now performs as a soloist and freelance chamber musician. He has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 3, performed Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante with the Liverpool Philharmonic and the London Mozart Players, and has in his repertoire most of the major works for viola. His orchestral experience includes working as guest principal viola with the CBSO, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, RLPO and Opera North.

Short length biography

Robin Ireland is Head of Chamber Music and Senior Viola Tutor at the Birmingham Conservatoire and also teaches on the Cadenza International Summer School and on courses at Pro Corda and La Mariette in the Loire Valley. During 2011 he was chamber music coach at the Yehudi Menuhin School. In 2017 he has worked with Ensemble 360, the Elias Quartet and the Danel Quartet, and given several performances of Bach’s C major Sonata for unaccompanied violin transcribed for viola. In 2018 he will give three performances of the Walton Viola Concerto with the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra.

2014
Head of Chamber Music at Birmingham Conservatoire
2007–2008
Guest principal viola with CBSO, Liverpool Philharmonic, Opera North and Scottish Chamber Orchestra
2007–2014
Violist with Primrose Piano Quartet
2007
Violist with Anton Stadler Trio
2006–2007
Violist with Sorrel Quartet
1985–2005
Violist with Lindsay String Quartet until it disbands
1984
Baroque violin with Academy of Ancient Music
1979
Domus is formed at Prussia Cove International Musicians Seminars
1978–1979
Member of Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra
1977–1978
Study at Eastman School of Music with members of Cleveland Quartet
1973–1975
Study at Cambridge University. Violin lessons with Frederick Grinke
Contact

Robin Ireland
robinireland@rocketmail.com
+44 (0)79 8027 5368

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